COMMENTARY | Greg Schiller is a popular science teacher who used to work at the Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts. He has been suspending, apparently, for doing his job and thus frightening school administrators.
At issue were two hands on science projects that were designed to shoot small projectiles.
“One project used compressed air to propel a small object but it was not connected to a source of air pressure, so it could not have been fired. (In 2012, President Obama tried out a more powerful air-pressure device at a White House Science Fair that could launch a marshmallow 175 feet.)
“Another project used the power from an AA battery to charge a tube surrounded by a coil. When the ninth-grader proposed it, Schiller told him to be more scientific, to construct and test different coils and to draw graphs and conduct additional analysis, said his parents, who also are Los Angeles teachers.”
Schiller has officially been suspended for helping students create “imitation weapons.” Both students and teachers have risen up in outrage. Meanwhile students in his classes are essentially having a free period to goof off. The substitute does not have any training and Schiller has been prohibited from providing lesson plans.
If Schiller is eventually fired from his job for teaching science, he certainly has a bright future as a Mythbuster. The first myth he could examine would be, “School administrators are terminally stupid.” The answer is almost certainly to be “Confirmed.”
It goes without saying that Schiller’s troubles are a great argument for school choice and the promotion of home schooling. Examples of public school administrators being morons have become too common to suggest that any other solution than providing competition is going to work. Let Schiller work at a private school where his talents will be better appreciated or else hire himself out as a tutor for a home school cooperative. Apparently being an awesome teacher is not something that is valued in the Los Angeles public school system.